Antibody cocktail could provide temporary COVID-19 immunity, a $23 million price tag for ending solitary confinement, battling an igloo fire, and more headlines

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• Researchers at UVA say an antibody cocktail designed to treat COVID-19 could also provide temporary immunity to caregivers and family members living with an infected person.—Daily Progress

• Prison officials estimated it would cost $23 million to end solitary confinement in Virginia, an eye-popping amount some see as an example of how agencies inflate cost estimates to kill bills they don’t like. “They must be confused with the bill that I’m introducing next year to build an Olympic-sized pool in every DOC facility,” joked Sen. Joe Morrissey.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia Lottery profits haven’t suffered in the pandemic. Expanded gambling options pushed revenues up 37 percent in the second half of 2020.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• State lawmakers are considering making it a crime to send unsolicited nude photos with the intent to “coerce, harass, or intimidate.”—VPM

• Opponents of what would be Virginia’s first onshore wind farm have filed a lawsuit to block the project in Botetourt County, claiming state officials failed to consider the impact on golden eagles and other threats.—Roanoke Times

• At a tense meeting, the Suffolk City Council decided against letting a newly elected member keep a $157,000 landscaping contract his company had with the city.—Suffolk News Herald

• Gov. Ralph Northam has been tapped by other governors to serve as co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission for 2021.—Virginia Business

• A Northern Virginia businessman who won $38 million in federal contracts for N95 masks he didn’t have pleaded guilty to fraud.—Associated Press

• A Virginia fire department put out an igloo fire in a Kroger parking lot.—WDBJ7

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